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Dusseldorf, Germany is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metro area, an international finance and business center, quite well known for its fashion and trade fairs. As for culture, it is well known for its academy of fine arts, its big Japanese community and early influence of electronic music. Sitting next to the Rhine River, it has become a stronghold for Rhenish carnival celebrations, with the city's Largest Fair on the Rhine funfair welcoming over 4.5 million visitors in the month of July and one of the nation's five global cities. It is the seventh most populated city in the country, and was ranked by Mercer's 2009 Quality of Living survey naming it the city with the highest quality of life in the country and the sixth worldwide.

Historically, it would begin during the 7th or 8th centuries when an odd fishing and farming settlement would begin at the confluence of the Dussel River and the Rhine, with it being first mentioned in 1135 AD, when the small town of Kaiserwerth, that is north of the city, would become a well fortified outpost under Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, so that his soldiers could keep a sharp eye on everything that moved along the Rhine. It has a rich history and heritage that is well worth discovering when you are there or thinking of going.

The city is famous for its "Altbier", which is a hoppy beer that includes a pre-lager brewing method, and is enjoyed by both visitors and the locals, especially since there are many cabarets, nightclubs, bars and other venues that serve alcohol. In the 1950s, it would begin becoming one of the most prominent political cabarets in the nation with the Kommodchen, and it has made many famous contributions to the music genre, that includes the famous band, Kraftwerk. Other famous and popular bands include, Warlock, Doro Pesch, Die Toten Hosen, Westernhagen and Heino. One of the city's biggest cultural events is the Karneval that begins each year in November and reaches a climax on Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday, that showcases a fabulous parade through the streets of Dusseldorf, and ends on Ash Wednesday.

The city has outstanding cuisine, with their traditional meals including Rheinishcer sauerbraten, a roast beef marinated for a few days in vinegar and spices, heaven and earth that is a black pudding with stewed apples mixed with mashed potatoes, and during the winter months, muschien Rheinishcer art which is Rhenish style mussels. Another favorite meat dish is the Dusseldorfer senfrostbraten or steaks roasted with mustard. Along with the French city of Dijon, Dusseldorf is famous for its mustard that is served in a traditional pot called "mosterpottche" that has been made famous in a still life by Vincent van Gogh in 1884.

The city lacks nothing for arriving tourists, with almost two dozen theaters, and a plethora of museums, arts, history and other sites that are sure to give more than your money's worth in enjoyment, knowledge, education and excitement. The Akademie-Galerie is the exhibits space of the Art Academy Dusseldorf, the Aquazoo-Lobbecke-Museum that is a zoological museum and aquarium, the Filmmuseum, the Filmstiffung NRW that is the NRW film foundation museum, Schiffahrt Museum, Goethe Museum, Heinrich-Heine-Institut, Schloss Jagerhof, Heinrich Heine Birth House, the Palace and park of Benrath that includes the Museum of European Garden Design, Hetjens Museum of ceramics, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Schlossturm, Stadtmuseum or the City History museum, Museum Kunst Palast, Theatermuseum Dusseldorf, the Triton Museum and another three dozen not mentioned since they are in German.

The city has a great football/soccer team, the German champions in 1933, the German Cup Winners of 1979, 1980 and the European Cup Winners Cup finalists of 1979 and it is one of the nine 1974 FIFA World Cup cities. They also enjoy ice hockey and American football, as well as rugby, handball, dancing, baseball and basketball. There are numerous world class universities calling the city home and many notable structures and places to visit.